CHICKASHA, Okla. – June 5, 2020 – On Friday, June 5, the City of Chickasha confirmed that more than one Chickasha Fire Fighter has tested positive for COVID-19 (coronavirus).
“We have been notified that some of our fire fighters have tested positive for coronavirus,” said John Noblitt, City Manager. “In the interest of public safety, we wanted to notify citizens and encourage them to monitor their own health in case of exposure.”
Due to the nature of fire work, other fire fighters may have been exposed and could be asymptomatic coronavirus carriers. Those who may have been exposed have been tested and are being closely monitored for symptoms. The Chickasha Fire Department has followed and will continue to follow the recommendations and protocols of the CDC and Oklahoma State Department of Health.
Anyone who attended the IAFF and PFO sponsored Voter Registration Drive on May 30 or the Chickasha City Council Meeting on June 1 is encouraged to closely monitor themselves for symptoms due to high fire fighter attendance at these events. If you have a fever, cough, experience shortness of breath or begin exhibiting other coronavirus symptoms, you are encouraged to contact your doctor.
Governor Kevin Stitt has stated that any Oklahoman wishing to do so may get tested; therefore, those who are concerned may consider calling the Grady County Health Department, Grady Memorial Hospital or other health provider to discuss taking a COVID-19 test.
All individuals are required to wear a mask to enter city facilities, including City Hall. An appointment will be required through June 19 to meet with our City Manager, City Clerk, Community Development department or to conduct other business at City Hall, with the exception of making a utility bill payment. Utility bill payments may be made in person, online, by mail, by using the kiosk located inside of Homeland, or by using the drop box south of City Hall.
The Special City Council Meeting and Public Hearing on the fiscal year 20-21 budget will be held as scheduled on Monday, June 8. All individuals attending the meeting will be required to wear a mask and practice social distancing. The meeting is also streamed live on Suddenlink Channel 3, and comments may be sent ahead of time to firstname.lastname@example.org.
The City of Chickasha encourages citizens to continue taking precautions to protect themselves and others from coronavirus. These precautions include frequently washing your hands with soap and water, covering coughs and sneezes, cleaning and disinfecting frequently touched surfaces daily, and staying home when you do not feel well.
Questions from the public about coronavirus may be directed to the Oklahoma State Department of Health. You can access their call center 24 hours a day, 7 days a week by dialing 2-1-1.
Click here for previous coronavirus-related updates from the City of Chickasha.